- the act of anointing.
- Medicine/Medical. the rubbing in of an oil or ointment.
- Pharmacology. an unguent.
Origin of inunction
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This latter, either internally or by inunction, is the most valuable and universally applicable of all remedies.
Unguentum, L. Any soft, fatty substance applied to the skin by inunction.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
This can be administered either internally, by inunction, or by injection.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
There is much greater difficulty with the skin, as inunction cannot be so well performed.
In India it is used by inunction in rheumatism and in the Philippines locally over the stomach in indigestion and colic.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
- the application of an ointment to the skin, esp by rubbing
- the ointment so used
- the act of anointing; anointment
C15: from Latin inunguere to anoint, from unguere; see unction
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- The process of applying and rubbing in an ointment.
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